FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Wheatland dog breeder made his first court appearance on animal neglect charges in connection with the seizure of more than 170 of the animals.
Fifty-one-year-old Darcy Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six counts of animal neglect in Cass County Court in Fargo.
He earlier waived his rights to the animals, which have since been adopted.
Smith was also granted a public defender and the judge ordered a personal recognizance bond.
He was charged after deputies discovered at least 170 dogs on his property in poor conditions.